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How Gorillas Dealt With the Disappearance of Cantsbee

How Gorillas Dealt With the Disappearance of Cantsbee


The staff of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund were greatly concerned about the disappearance of the dominant silver back called Cantsbee. This dominant silver back left the group with two mothers and their infants which currently defend their selves without the main  silverback; Cantsbee. Each mountain gorilla have a male gorilla group called silverback which leads the group. This silver back looks at the gorilla group, protects the gorilla family. Of course the gorilla group is composed of females and young ones. Leading the disappearance of the dominant silverback in that group called Cantsbee; he left two females and two infants. Cantsbee disappeared after the long period of illness and this is the reason why the other members in the group isolated from him. Following his final disappearance, the other gorilla members became too distressed. The two members which were left became to distressed to the point that they started making hooting and vocalizations. They also started walking a lot and this has scared many people since each of these mothers have got an infant which is just over one year old. Trackers have been assigned to follow these two mothers and two infants back to their original family.

Presently, gorilla families are completely depending on their mothers and yet the silver back called Cantsbee before his disappearance used to take care of them. Remember, these infants will not start weaning until they are about 3-4 years old. This therefore means that these mothers are very busy carrying and caring for these infants without the presence the dominant silverback. The mothers have to gather enough food to feed themselves and produce energy and milk which is needed during this time. AT this time, the infant gorillas are now susceptible to most injuries which include fatal ones which may be inflicted by unrelated males coming from the outside group. It is very unfortunate since the two mothers have now run into the group of buffaloes within the forest since they have no silverback who is supposed to lead the gorilla group.

To raise these infants, it is not very easy. It is quite a hard task even though the circumstances are very good and favorable. The mortality becomes very high since a fourth of all infants do die before their birthday. They also get serious injuries from outside males. It is good that Dian Fossey in 1967 formed the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the research center called the Karisoke Research Center. Cantbee disappearance at the age of thirty eight (38) years old. By the time of his death, he had passed the life expectance for a mountain gorilla.  Since there is the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, these gorillas will be catered for.

Even at the birth of Cantsbee, it was first seen by Dian Fossey and for a long time, this silverback had been observed during its lifespan by the successor of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. This mountain gorilla broke a lot of records during his life span. These included leading the largest group of the gorillas which have ever been observed and remaining dominant for the longest reign ever recorded. Silverback Cantsbee was most known for his unique personality and behaviors. He had very strong relationships with other mountain gorillas and he was given respect by other mountain gorillas. The respect given was in form of leadership. Luck enough, the genes and influence of Cantbee will be felt for quite a long period of time. Cantsbee will be missed for the rest of his life though he left two off springs with two mothers.